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At Least 18 Coal Miners Killed by Carbon Monoxide Leaks in China

At least 18 coal miners have been suffocated to death by high levels of carbon monoxide in the Diaoshidong mine in Chongqing after they were trapped for several hours.

At least 18 coal miners have been suffocated to death by high levels of carbon monoxide in the Diaoshidong coal mine in Chongqing after they were trapped for several hours. 

Chinese state media CCTV said that there were originally 24 people trapped underground and that rescue operations are still ongoing after one was found alive.

Diaoshidong has been shut down for more than two months while its operators disassembled underground equipment.

The Diaoshuidong mine was built last 1975 and has been running since 1998 as a private enterprise with an annual capacity of 120,000 tonnes of coal.

There were already three miners who were killed and two injured after hydrogen sulfide poisoning incident happened at the mine last 2013.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the leak and searching for survivors. 

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